So Brisbane City Council's Chill Out program speaks as much to parents as the tweens and teens it targets.
Scale the heights in Brisbane these school holidays. Image courtesy Brisbane City Council website.
One of Brisbane's most popular youth programs, Chill Out offers a wide range of free and low-cost recreation activities for those aged 10-17.
This can be a difficult age to cater for, falling as they do with needs somewhere between full supervision and free agent.
For active kids, there's a range of high energy options, including learn to skate workshops, boxing, Zumba, hip hop dancing, rock climbing, mountain biking, abseiling, dodgeball, lasertag and mixed martial arts.
Water is also a theme as Spring envelops this river city, with kayaking, fishing, springboard diving, windsurfing, paddleboarding and canoeing.
Getting covered in clay is all in a day's work during the Chill Out school holiday program. Image courtesy of Brisbane City Council website.
Fancy a somewhat slower pace? There are plenty of options here too, including kite flying and meditation, pottery wheel throwing, indigenous basket weaving, songwriting, sculpting, glass lantern making, painting, juggling and drawing.
Sessions devoted to Parkour (defined as "moving through any environment with speed and efficiency and learning to overcome all physical and mental obstacles in your path by using your body and mind to run, climb, jump and vault") filled up fast last holidays.
Also popular is slacklining (balancing and walking on a bouncy tightrope) which is designed to facilitate stunts and tricks while improving concentration and balance
Don't look down: students walk the slackline as part of the Chill Out program. Image courtesy Brisbane City Council website.
The calendar of events for the September school holidays begins on 21 September 2013.
While many activities are free, bookings (made by contacting the organiser via details provided in the event listing) are essential. It's also advisable to book early as many sessions sell out well in advance.
With a bit of luck, you'll never have to hear the chants of "I'm bored" again.